News from 1935 Retirement of Capt F F Summers


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The New York Times, 5 January 1935

TWO ON GEORGIC TO RETIRE
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Captain and Chief Steward to Leave Ship at Liverpool

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The Cunard White Star Line yesterday announced that Captain F. F. Summers
and A. Hattrick, master and chief steward, respectively, of the liner
Georgic, would be retired when the ship reached Liverpool on her next trip.
Both men have attained the retirement age of 60.

Captain J. C. Townley will be in command when the Georgic arrive in New
York, Feb. 4, to start a series of six cruises to Bermuda, the West Indies
and South America. The steward's position will be occupied by J. Smith,
formerly of the Mauretania.

Captain Summers joined the White Star Line in 1899 as junior officer, became
chief officer in 1911 and was staff captain of the Majestic, and master of
the Britannic, Megantic, Albertic and other White Star ships. He was in the
British Navy during the war, being engaged at Scapa Flow until 1919.
Captain Townley has commanded the Aquitania, Berengaria, Mauretania and
Franconia.

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The New York Times, 6 January 1935

SUMMERS READY TO QUIT
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Master of Georgic to Retire at Liverpool on Jan. 14

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When Captain F. F. Summers, master of the Cunard White Star motorship
Georgic, sees the liner made fast to the Gladstone Dock at Liverpool on
Monday, Jan. 14, and walks down the gangplank he will have ended a sea
career of forty-four years. He has reached the retiring age of 60.

There were two chief officers named Summers on the White Star line ships
before the war, so to avoid confusion they had nicknames in shipping
circles. Captain J. J. Summers, who was master of the freighter Georgic
when she was sunk in the war, was called Jimmy Nappy, and the present master
of the motorship was named Dicky Sam. He is better known by the sobriquet
than by his right name.

He is a bachelor and intends to come here next April to make a motor tour to
the Pacific Coast with some American friends.

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